Biblical Words

Biblical Words—Lectionary Studies

Jay Wilcoxen spent twenty years teaching Bible at the University of Chicago, before becoming involved in hospital management and finances. In the tradition of the Apostle Matthew, Jay combined accounting and scripture interpreting in his years at Protestants for the Common Good, and in retirement he stills cheers for the causes at Community Renewal Society. Jay's mission is to listen for a Christian Progressive message in the plain and direct sense of the Lectionary readings.

The Spirit of God, that gives life, empowers a community of many-voiced witnesses to God’s work.

Though remembering a heritage of betrayal, Jesus’ followers are God’s messengers sent into the world.

God’s victory among the nations brings them the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ commandment to love.

The risen Lord, who gave himself in love, enables peoples and persons to be God’s love for each other.

The risen Lord is the Good Shepherd, giving his life for his sheep and known to them by his Name.

The resurrection of Jesus releases new power, opens old scriptures, and cancels old sins.

The witnesses to the resurrection find new life in the community ([_koinonia_]) of the forgiven.

The story of Jesus is retold as gospel (good news) by witnesses of his resurrection.

The following comments are based on a strict reading of the Passion narrative in Mark. They avoid any attempt to harmonize Mark with the other Gospels, and they do not seek to reconstruct any actual history of the last night and day of Jesus’ life. What we have in Mark’s Passion is one of the ways second-generation Greek-speaking Christians told the story of the Passion as it seemed right and important to them. (On Jesus and the Gospels generally, see James D.G. Dunn’s most recent summary in _Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels, Eerdmans._ 2011.)

Those who have waited for salvation welcome joyfully the coming king.

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